I love it when everything ends up working out perfectly. We started the day at the Hotel Indigo in the Gaslamp District in San Diego for the getting ready shots up on the 12th floor. What a view! The bride, Angela, was able to get her makeup done while looking into the Petco Park Stadium. Angela could easily be mistaken for Ariel at any Disney resort, and I think they would hire her on the spot to play the part should she ever need a second job. Ironically, she would have to cover up the tattoos of mermaids on her shoulder to work there. Her shoes for the day were mermaid-tail green bedazzled with hundreds of rhinestones. I swear the back of her dress even resembled a mermaid's tail...and don't get me started on how red her hair is!
After snapping the pre-wedding pics, we headed over to Balboa Park for the first look of the bride and groom. Anthony was patiently waiting at the Prado Restaurant bar with his groomsmen when I arrived...or so I thought. Turns out the guys ended up getting bored and decided to explore the park on their own, so I had to round them up to make sure that the soon-to-be arriving bride and bridesmaids didn't see them prematurely. I quickly scouted the place I had in mind, a beautiful garden with blooming flowers. Angela wasted no time in walking up to Anthony and tapped him on the shoulder to turn around and see her for the first time. There were mixed emotions of relief and excitement on their faces as they embraced. After that, we spent an hour touring the best locations the park had to offer and took some amazing pics with their bridal party in front of fountains, gardens, and the amphitheater.
We had to hurry back to the reception site because there was a Padres baseball game that evening and traffic was already starting to pick up. The Ultimate Skybox tower is 15 stories up and directly overlooks the stadium, and streets were getting shut down all around to filter traffic into the area. Luckily, everything worked out perfectly and the bridal party showed up on time ready to start the ceremony. The weather was a perfect 78 degrees with a light breeze and a few clouds in the sky for the sun to hide behind. The view was amazing as the bridal party walked down the aisle and got lined up. Angela looked stunning as she was escorted by her father through the standing room only crowd that had gathered for the event. Anthony shed a few tears when he saw her, even though he had already spent the afternoon taking photos with her. Angela's vail was blowing in the breeze through the entire ceremony, and the sun setting behind the couple provided amazing backlight. Many tears were shed from everyone watching and involved.
The speeches and special dances all had everyone cheering, and the DJ provided glowing multi-colored foam sticks for all the guests to play with when the dance floor opened. Dinner was an absolutely delicious walnut salad with lasagna and steak as a main course, and spirits remained high through the entire evening with guests enjoying dancing, food, drinks, and a bird's eye view of the baseball game. Angela and Anthony are an extremely loving and gracious couple and I'm lucky and thankful to have been able to be a part of their special day.